Power in teams: Effects of team power structures on team conflict and team outcomes

Power in teams: Effects of team power structures on team conflict and team outcomes

Handbook of Research in Conflict Management . Cheltenham, UK: Edward Edgar Publishing,
2014, Pages 93-108

Power is my mistress. I have worked too hard at her conquest to allow anyone to take her away from me. Napoleon Bonaparte (1804/2014)

Imagine a team full of such Napoleons called to work together. Would they conquer the world or fall prey to internal power struggles and conflicts and implode? While an abundance of research exists on the effects of power on individual affect, behavior, and cognition (for reviews, see: Guinote, 2007; Keltner et al., 2003), research which addresses the role of power in social contexts and can provide answers to the question posed above has only recently begun to emerge. In this chapter, this new and growing line of research on the effects of team power structures on team conflict and team outcomes is reviewed, an integrative theoretical framework for research in this area is developed, and interesting topics for future research are proposed.